A scholar from NParks shares his journey from studying in Australia to working as a Parks Manager today.
Contributed by Ryan Lee, NParks Scholar
Upon finding out that I was majoring in leisure studies at university, my friends all produced the same startled reaction. “Leisure studies? Why do you need to learn about having fun?”
I soon got used to such expressions of surprise and disbelief. After all, to the uninitiated, leisure studies may come across as an unusual field of study. In reality, the management of recreation is a diverse field that requires an extensive depth of specialised knowledge. The NParks scholarship offered me the unique chance to explore this intriguing academic domain, where leisure and recreation is researched, analysed and debated in a structured and systematic manner.
During my childhood, I was fortunate to spend six years living in one of the last surviving kampongs in Singapore. My family home was surrounded by greenery and my father planted fruit trees providing a steady supply of tropical fruits. Naturally, I developed a love for nature and the outdoors, as well as a keen interest in exploring the rich flora and fauna in Singapore. I was thus eager to apply for a scholarship with NParks, with the aim of pursuing a career in this area.